Huyler C. Held ’51 LL.B.
April 16, 2012
Huyler C. Held ’51 LL.B. was a trusts and estates lawyer known for his unwavering commitment to numerous nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Held passed away on April 16, 2012, at the age of 87.
Born in New York City in 1925, Held served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before graduating from Princeton University in 1948. After earning his law degree, he worked as an associate at two New York City law firms before becoming a partner at Satterlee, Browne, Cherbonnier & Dickerson in 1957. Five years later, he joined Turk, Marsh, Kelly & Hoare (which later became Bryan Cave), where he specialized in trusts and estates law for more than 30 years. Thereafter, he became a senior partner at McLaughlin & Stern, where he practiced until the time of his death.
As a trustee for the John Merck Fund, Held advised the organization to provide support to the Law School for students working in the human rights field. He also obtained funding to support the Annette Kade Charitable Trust, which awarded scholarships to German and French LL.M. students studying at the Law School. A great-grandson of New York City candy manufacturer and philanthropist John S. Huyler, Held helped found the Preservation League of New York, an organization that works to protect the state’s historic structures and landscapes. He also served as a board member for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and as president of the board of Fountain House, a rehabilitation community focused on helping people suffering from mental illness.
Colleagues at McLaughlin & Stern remembered Held in The New York Times as “a wonderfully unique and compelling force in the legal and philanthropic circles of New York.”
He is survived by his nephews and nieces: Russell Landon, Linda Landon, Brad Woodworth, Charles Woodworth, Ann Ellis, and Jane Rotondi; as well as many cousins.